Policing and Punishment in London 1660-1750: Urban Crime and the Limits of Terror

Synopsis

'In a work of immense scholarship, Beattie makes his case well... Beattie is able to display great craft, knowledge, insight and application in establishing his thesis. This is a major work which will prove of enduring importance.' -English Historical Review'Valuable new analysis of the changing forms of policing and prosecution... This is an exemplary study of the formation of policing and penal policy, which admirably examines the influence of all levels of government, from parliament and ministers on the one hand to watchmen, constables and thief-takers on the other.' -Continuity and Change'A book of immense scholarship which opens up new and important windows into crime and law enforcement in London, and by extension England, in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.' -The Economic History Review'In Policing and Punishment in London Beattie succeeds triumphantly in pursuing the linked themes of the importance of the experience of law enforcement in London, and of how the century after 1650 witnessed significant new developments in attitudes to crime... richly documented, immensely intelligent, and supremely well written book.' -The Economic History Review'John Beattie is among the finest exponents of this more historically sensitive approach to crime and punishment... Crime and the Courts in England 1660-1800(1986) - a pioneering study of trends in crime and prosecution in Surrey - may now be seen as a prelude to a masterpiece. Policing and Punishment in London 1660-1750 bears all the marks of protracted archival digging followed by mature reflection... [It] is a splendid achievement.' -London Review of Books'Meticulously presented and thoroughly convincing work by an acknowledged master of his subject. It illuminates many dimly lit areas both in the history of the criminal justice system and in the governance of early modern London, and is likely to remain a standard work on both subjects for many years to come.' -Adam Fox, Times Literary SupplementThis pioneering study examines the considerable changes that took place in the criminal justice system in the century after the Restoration. Against a background of social and cultural change in the metropolis the author reveals how and why an alternative means of dealing with crime emerged in the policing of London, in the practices and procedures of prosecution, and in the establishment of new forms of punishment.